Chase County Historical Museum & Library

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06/11/2020
Burnley Memorial Library

Burnley Memorial Library

Attention Burnley Memorial Library “ALUMNI”: We have lots of book cards with readers’ signatures from years and years ago. Many with girls’ maiden names! Come visit us to sort through these and take home some memories.

Chase County Old School Development District
05/28/2020

Chase County Old School Development District

Some pictures I took today of The Old School 😊 and in nearly every room, was a flag 🇺🇸 enjoy!

05/27/2020
Margie Roberts - Trick Rider

Annie Wilson wrote this song in rememberance of the Flint Hills Rodeo which has been canceled for the first time since it started. This song will be on her new CD with the Tallgrass Express. It will be available soon. http://tallgrassexpress.com/MargieRoberts.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_hKS6lFYXU

Song "Margie Roberts - Trick Rider" - Story & photos of famed trick rider from the Kansas Flint Hills. © Lyrics & music by Annie Wilson, performed by Tallgra...

This gal visited the Museum with her class in December. When I received her thank you I was amazed "She got it". So many...
05/26/2020

This gal visited the Museum with her class in December. When I received her thank you I was amazed "She got it". So many time My mission gets lost in all my work. YES, I am preserving and protecting Chase County History everyday. So, even though we have closed due to COVID19 I can remember this and see all the accomplishments myself and volunteers here have made in fullfilling our true misson statement Thank you Grace for this reminder.

"The mission of this society shall be to collect, organize, document and preserve all materials pertinent to the history of Chase County, Kansas."

When researching obituaries are some of the first archives I look at. Back before social media the information in obitua...
05/15/2020
The Details We Learn In Coronavirus Obituaries

When researching obituaries are some of the first archives I look at. Back before social media the information in obituaries told a lot about a persons history. Family, where they lived, born and death dates, career(s), reason for death and character of a person.

If you read little details about people, you rightly see how big their lives were and how unfathomably awful the coronavirus pandemic really is.

100 years ago ordinance #246 in Cottonwood Falls.April 26, 1920; Chase County Leader: An ordinance #246 prohibits the ri...
04/28/2020

100 years ago ordinance #246 in Cottonwood Falls.
April 26, 1920; Chase County Leader: An ordinance #246 prohibits the riding of bicycles, tricycles and velocipedes over, upon or across any sidewalk in the city of Cottonwood Falls/ Ordained by the Mayor and City Council of the city.

Pictures below are Doctors Conaway and Hamme plus their wives in the adjoining picture.

First we got the shelves, the Amigos put the shelves up for me in the school room, I sorted through all the Yearbooks we...
04/14/2020

First we got the shelves, the Amigos put the shelves up for me in the school room, I sorted through all the Yearbooks we have and separated them by schools and years, and finally the books are all placed on the shelving for viewing and labeled. KNOW we are asking you to help us fill in the gaps of missing books. We also will take duplicates of what we have because we may have that year but the book may be in very poor condition or missing pictures. If you are not interested in preserving a yearbook and want to donate it we can use them as a fundraiser for the Museum. We do have some scrape books put together by alumni which we also love and have on the shelves to view. Reminder, especially during the War eras yearbooks were not essential so the students had memory books they made themselves of their school years. These books help us fill in the gaps when books are not available. I know many who are sheltering from COVID19 by cleaning. Please, remember us by donating your old books they are appreciated we are trying to preserve the past. We are currently closed till the Governor gives the all clear for our safety. THANK YOU!

04/11/2020
Flint Hills Fiddler

Past Curator Mr. Doty plays a self written piece on piano.

Here’s a piece I wrote last year after Annie Wilson suggested someone should write an Ad Astra Waltz. If you’ll excuse my fumbling fingers, I don’t play the piano much.

Chase County Leader, April 11,1919: "Dedication of the new Methodist church will be held soon at Elmdale. The cost of th...
04/09/2020

Chase County Leader, April 11,1919: "Dedication of the new Methodist church will be held soon at Elmdale. The cost of the church was about $15,000."

04/05/2020
Gene Barr: Bachelors and Burning

Gene Barr: Bachelors and Burning

This is "Gene Barr: Bachelors and Burning" by Mark Feiden on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

The History of the Davis Ranch
04/03/2020
The History of the Davis Ranch

The History of the Davis Ranch

– By Greg Hoots – The story of the Z Bar Ranch begins with George H. Davis, born in 1876, the youngest of three children. His father, James Davis, worked for the railroad and the family…

It came to our attention Marvin Adcock's picture was not in the display, (so sorry Marvin), Roland Hainey had errors on ...
04/02/2020

It came to our attention Marvin Adcock's picture was not in the display, (so sorry Marvin), Roland Hainey had errors on his bio. (So sorry Roland) and some grammar error in the signage. We would like to post these corrections in this posting. Thank you to all.

Many comments were made about other Vietnam Vets. in Chase County also serving that were not pictured. They were not pictured because we have not been provided a photograph. If interested in sending us a picture please do with the information to go along with it. PO box 375, Cottonwood Falls, Ks., 66845 or email us at [email protected].

Come see us when the virus COVID19 is extinct! Thank you!
03/31/2020

Come see us when the virus COVID19 is extinct! Thank you!

Since the museum is closed and we have a great showcase designed by Sue Ann that can not be viewed I would like to share...
03/29/2020

Since the museum is closed and we have a great showcase designed by Sue Ann that can not be viewed I would like to share "Vietnam Veterans Day" March 29th. Chase County lost one young man to the war "Wes Sidener" of Cedar Point, Ks.. Thank You to those who served.

KANSAS! Magazine
03/20/2020

KANSAS! Magazine

Starting today, we’ve opened our collection of digital copies of KANSAS! magazines for free - suspending the cost of single-issue purchases at this time. We invite you to use these editions as educational tools for students, find inspiration for future adventures and become reacquainted (or acquainted) with the beauty of our state.

Follow this link --> https://issuu.com/kansasmag

Chase County was once know for the largest Cottonwood Tree which was a land mark for pioneer to cross the Cottonwood riv...
03/18/2020

Chase County was once know for the largest Cottonwood Tree which was a land mark for pioneer to cross the Cottonwood river before bridges were built. You can find this story and more in our Chase County Sketches, book I & II available on a searchable CD. (books 3 & 4 are still available in hardcover).

03/16/2020

CLOSED to the public.
We will re-open April 1st, 2020.
email with questions: [email protected]

Many Gunsmoke character names are Chase County driven. Drew Narramore of Elmdale, Ks. had a granson-n-law who wrote scri...
03/10/2020

Many Gunsmoke character names are Chase County driven. Drew Narramore of Elmdale, Ks. had a granson-n-law who wrote script for the series. This episode uses Mr. Narramore's.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0o0C1CdTok

Vehicle license plates FOR SALE!  See caption below for price. Message to make sure plate is still available.
03/07/2020

Vehicle license plates FOR SALE! See caption below for price. Message to make sure plate is still available.

Vehicle license plates FOR SALE! See caption below for price. Message to make sure plate is still available.

New shelves in the schoolroom! Thanks to Gail Hancock for the shelves. Thanks to Tom Thompson and Steve Dawson for the i...
03/07/2020

New shelves in the schoolroom! Thanks to Gail Hancock for the shelves. Thanks to Tom Thompson and Steve Dawson for the installation. I have been busy trying to put a complete collection of Chase County school annuals on the shelves to view. I will be on the search for certain years once I get them all settled and organized and know what we don't have.

Local Dee Fink was a Posse member in the movie "Bad Company" filmed in Elmdale, Ks., and Flint Hills region, in the year...
03/04/2020

Local Dee Fink was a Posse member in the movie "Bad Company" filmed in Elmdale, Ks., and Flint Hills region, in the year 1971. The movie came out in 1972 with young Jeff Bridges staring.

In Memory of Bob StottsThank you to the family of Bob for the memorial to the Chase County Historical Society. I was ver...
03/04/2020
Tribute for Robert "Bob" Gordon Stotts | Carlson Funeral Home

In Memory of Bob Stotts

Thank you to the family of Bob for the memorial to the Chase County Historical Society. I was very fortunate to have been able to speak with Bob on the phone last month. He generously gave the Society/Museum 2 very nice Flint Hills Rodeo Programs from 1946 & 47 in which we had no copy of the 1946 in our collection. They are here for viewing in memory of Bob and his mother Velma.

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Remember when? May, 1973, Bambi began his life residence at the Chase County Courthouse.
02/22/2020

Remember when? May, 1973, Bambi began his life residence at the Chase County Courthouse.

Clover Cliff Ranch Bed and Breakfast
02/21/2020

Clover Cliff Ranch Bed and Breakfast

This poem was written in tribute to the original owner and founder of Clover Cliff Ranch, Jacob Ramer Blackshere, two days after his passing. Can't you picture what kind of man J.R. was by reading this meaningful poem?

November 12, 1894 - written by Dennis Madden of Madden & Madden Attorneys at Law from Marion County, KS with an office located in Cottonwood Falls

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Includes some interesting history on the census
02/12/2020
2020 Census ready to count everyone

Includes some interesting history on the census

The Rotary Club of Emporia welcomed a guest speaker at its regular meeting Tuesday.

City of Cottonwood Falls
02/12/2020

City of Cottonwood Falls

Her Majesty covered in snow

Thanks to great neighbors The walk was shoveled when I got to work! Thank you Chuck!
02/12/2020

Thanks to great neighbors The walk was shoveled when I got to work! Thank you Chuck!

02/11/2020

Don't forget to purchase your local Greeting Cards for Valentines Day Friday!

These are not for sale but some oldies from our archives from different communities in Chase county.

New basement steps and dehumidifiers
02/06/2020

New basement steps and dehumidifiers

The Amigos are at it again! Thanks to some of the Match Day funds raised in 2019 by patrons of the museum we are now able to replace the rotting steps into the Cartter building basement. The 3 men (Tom was in the basement and behind the camera) are also placing a dehumidifying system to keep the floors from buckling above. Thank you All! (Watch for more pictures through out the day to be added to the collection here on Facebook).

Feb. 5th, 1919, Chase County Leader, "Congressman Dudley Doolittle request the Secretary of War to donate to Cottonwood ...
02/04/2020

Feb. 5th, 1919, Chase County Leader, "Congressman Dudley Doolittle request the Secretary of War to donate to Cottonwood Falls and Strong City one German cannon or field piece, captured by the American Army from Germany during the past year."

The photograph is dated Jan., 1926. Folklore says the German cannon was given away during WWII era to be melted down for the metal and then replaced later with a Japanese cannon which sits on the lawn today.

Address

303 Broadway St
Cottonwood Falls, KS
66845

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 15:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 15:00
Thursday 10:00 - 15:00
Friday 10:00 - 15:00
Saturday 10:00 - 15:00

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(620) 273-8500

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Can anyone identify this house? I recently inherited this photo, and my Aunt's label "Morris house" implies that it belonged to family members, either William and Mary Jane (Birley) Morris or their children. William died 1880 and Mary Jane remarried William Manley. I much doubt it still exists, but they lived in Bazaar or Bazaar Twp. Thanks, Sally Houston
Joe Bumgardner
Was doing some research on my Peyton ancestors of Chase County and found this article from the Chase County Leader, March 1917. It mentions that one of Dennis Peyton's sons disappeared after being "implicated in the Hook affair." I was wondering if anyone knew anything about the Hook affair. Thanks!
Had a cousin from Washington State come to Chase County on Sunday to visit some of her "roots". Her great grandmother was Kate Selves Golay. We visited a number of sites, including Hillside Cemetery where her great, great grandparents are buried. After she left I remembered that folks used to talk about "Golay's Ford" (assume on the Cottonwood River). Not sure that is the right name or spelling, but was curious if there was any connection, Any idea where that was located and why it was named that?
Are there any photographs of the Cuthbert House?